In their quest to farm more sustainably, a small group of farmers in the Northern Agricultural Region will soon be benefiting from a new agricultural grant round run by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC).
Round 4 of NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Sites grant generated a lot of interest across the region, and received a fantastic response from farmers and others in the broader agricultural community.
Funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, this grant project has previously funded a range of fantastic projects and, with this new round, will continue to fund innovative projects in the region.
Sarah Jeffery, NACC’s Carbon Farming Coordinator who is overseeing the funding project, said she was excited by the calibre of the projects submitted for consideration in the most recent grant round.
“With so much and increasing variation in our climate, this funding project allows farmers to consider new options and research topics that may influence the future direction of agriculture in our region,” she said.
“This funding provides an opportunity for farmers to ‘think outside the box’ – to think ahead about what might be achieved in the next decade.”
As part of the Demonstration Sites grant project, NACC staff work with successful recipients to develop a ‘Whole Farm NRM Plan’ for the farmer to utilise long after the Demonstration Site project collaboration is finished.
These plans contain a range of useful information for the farmer to consider and apply, but are also useful for forward-planning. They could even help the recipients to secure further funding – from NACC or other funding bodies.
For further information about NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Sites grants project, please contact NACC’s Carbon Farming Coordinator Sarah Jeffery on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9938 0110, or visit the Farming Demonstration site grants page.